Since both movies came out in 1983, if Metalstorm pops into my head, it always then reminds me of Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone and vice versa. In fact I have a memory of even seeing both of them on cable during the same month. And this memory is vivid because it occurred late in the year during that hellish freshman year in high school. Relief was making it out alive and home, and I saw both of these movies (at different times) after I got home from school. I have not seen either of them since then, but now that I’ve finally seen Metalstorm I can say without any doubt it did not live up to my memory of it. And I remember loving Metalstorm too.
Simply put Metalstorm is a boring ass flick if there ever was one. What it has going for it, however, is cinematography, nostalgia, 2.35:1 widescreen and the design of certain characters. It’s more flash than substance by miles. A rip of The Road Warrior (1982), because back in them 80s I remember a lot of movies riffing on that post-apocalyptic vibe George Miller did so well. But Metalstorm adds a little science fiction into the mix with laser guns and some weird, unimpressive creatures.
Some dude named Dogen (Jeffrey Byron) is the movie’s hero. He’s a Ranger and dresses like Mel Gibson’s Mad Max character. All in leather out in the desert. Dude must have been sweltering, but it was a cool look back then. Our heroine is a mega-young Kelly Preston playing Dhyana, the daughter of this prospector who was randomly killed by the son of the movie’s bad guy. Baal (R. David Smith) is the cyborg son and his dad is none other than Jared-Syn (Mike Preston), this dictator who’s on the verge of being elected into a position that would allow him to make an already fucked up world worse. Baal is one of the things I remember about the movie. It’s a cool character played by an actual amputee, because Baal has this cyborg arm that extends out with these pincer-like claws at the end. This Syn dude is collecting souls and adding them to this huge crystal and with the power it has in it he intends to take control of the lands.
Another memorable character is one played by Richard Moll, who while making this movie was cast in the now well known sitcom, Night Court (1984-1992); he also played Xusia, the evil sorcerer in The Sword And The Sorcerer (1982), and Big Ben in the horror comedy House (1986). Both of these latter flicks are favorites, and his cyclopean Hurok character in Metalstorm is also memorable.
Tim Thomerson is in this too, and he’s another highlight. He plays ex-ranger Rhodes.
The car chase scenes, if you want to call them that, are as boring as the movie. I don’t know what else to say about this film, so on that note I’m ending this review.
On September 13 Scream Factory (Shout! Factory’s genre sub-label) releases Metalstorm: The Destruction Of Jared-Syn on 2D/3D blu-ray!
Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 2.35:1 high definition widescreen—5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio, 2.0 English DTS-HD Master Audio—English SDH subs
You can watch this in either 2D or 3D. Both are on separate discs. I don’t own a 3D television so I can’t comment on how it looks, but the 2.35:1 2D transfer looks really good.
Extras included . . .
- High Noon At The End Of The Universe: The Making Of Metalstorm (42:13)
- Still & Promotional Gallery ( 10:26)
- Theatrical Trailer